Device aimed at protecting domestic violence victims

Published: Sep. 23, 2015 at 10:22 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 24, 2015 at 10:22 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's called a victims unit and the small device is paired with a GPS ankle monitor to track the offender and give the victim an extra level of security.

"It's a small tool that's used in temporary protective orders or stalking situations or domestic violence issues, where it protects a victim of a stalking or domestic violence situation," Garcia said.

Javier Garcia, the public safety liaison, with specialized location services says it's a two part device.

First, the judge can order the offender to wear the GPS ankle monitor and second, it's a small unit, so the victim can put in a purse or a wallet to track the offenders distance.

The device acts like a fence for the victim and even sends hourly notifications with an approximate distance of the offender.

The notifications can be sent through text or email. However, it won't say where the other unit is but it can tell you how far away it is.

Sheriff Darr says this will give the victim peace of mind.

"As a sheriff anything that makes this community safer, or an individual safer were for and i think its great technology and I hope it gets used more in the future," Darr said.

The victims unit will cost $14 a day.

Sheriff Darr says he hopes the judge would order and require the offender to pay the cost when they're released, so the cost isn't passed along to the tax payer.

It will also help relieve jail cost to have fewer inmates in an already overcrowded jail. The device can help protect both parties involved with documentation.

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